Chapter 21

       After they ate, Lu Jinlang let Wen Jianing go to bed early. The room prepared for him was still the same room, and it was even more comfortable. Lu Jinlang came in and helped him change a thicker quilt, saying that it was a bit colder today.

       Then Lu Jinlang opened the door and was about to leave. Before leaving, he asked Wen Jianing, “Don’t you have anything to say?”

       Wen Jianing was already sitting by the bed. When he heard those words, he got up and ran to Lu Jinlang in two steps. He held Lu Jinlang’s face and kissed him hard. After the kiss, he said, “Good night.”

       Lu Jinlang smiled and said goodnight, and then helped him close the door.

       Wen Jianing originally wanted to lock the door in reflex, but suddenly thought that he had nothing to guard against, so he withdrew his hand. He felt relieved that Lu Jinlang found out about it.

       Lu Jinlang wanted to wait until he compromised. He knew very well in his heart that at this point, Lu Jinlang had begun to suspect that Wen Jianing would compromise sooner or later. However, he would never force himself to make a decision.

       The next day, Wen Jianing went to the TV station for rehearsal. Wen Jianing asked the director to change a song in the final.

       The director was upset on the spot after hearing it, and said that it was already this time, and suddenly changing the song? How many days were left to prepare and if he had considered the effect on the site?

       Wen Jianing apologized very sincerely, but he insisted on changing the song. He decided to sing a movie theme song that he once sang, called ‘Glistening’. No one knew why, only he himself understands. He was lying in bed last night and he couldn’t fall asleep for a long time. Wen Jianing’s sudden death was nothing but a pity for others, but it was a lifetime regret and pain for him. Last night’s film awakened many of his memories, and he suddenly wanted to do something to pay homage to himself.

       The song ‘Glistening’ was personally sung by Wen Jianing himself at the request of the director at that time. It was not only the theme song of the film, but also the background music in the movie. Although Wen Jianing’s singing skills were not very good, he created a very moving atmosphere in that scene with his own dubbing lines.

       It was unfortunate that today’s Wen Jianing wanted to sing this song again, but few people agree. The reason was that Ke Xinhang’s voice type was very different from Wen Jianing. If he wanted to achieve good results, it would not just be changing the tune. He might need to rearrange the whole music. This was either impossible or it would require a lot of effort.

       Wen Jianing told the director that he could find someone to make the rearrangement by himself, without the TV station’s music team.

       The director group said they would discuss and give him an answer later.

       When he went back to the waiting room, Yi Nan and Wen Lin were both there.

       Wen Lin naturally knew about the dispute between Wen Jianing and Yi Nan yesterday. He waved to Wen Jianing and motioned Wen Jianing to sit next to him.

       Wen Jianing sat down and asked him how his preparations were going.

       “It’s okay,” Wen Lin always has confidence in his music and if you talk about music with him, he will tell you: I think it’s very good.

       Yi Nan was originally wearing headphones and sitting nearby listening to music. At this time, he suddenly pulled his headphones, stood up, walked to Wen Jianing and said, “Can you come out for a while? I have something to tell you.”

       Wen Lin quickly stood up and stood between the two. The makeup artist and dresser in the dressing room also came over nervously.

       Wen Jianing stood up and patted Wen Lin on the shoulder to signal that it was okay, and then said to Yi Nan, “Find a quiet place.”

       Today’s Wen Jianing had lost yesterday’s irritability. He had calmed down. Perhaps it was because yesterday’s movie reminded him of his goal. He told himself that even if the people around him could not help his career, he shouldn’t easily provoke them and made them into his own enemies.

       The two people found an empty and quiet lounge.

       Yi Nan had also calmed down. He asked Wen Jianing, “Who did you hear about what you said yesterday, can you tell me?”

       Wen Jianing said, “Why is it so important who said it? The one who was helping behind your back, don’t your heart already know it?”

       Yi Nan looked down, feeling a little depressed, “I went back and asked, and they all said they didn’t know. I’m going to ask that person.”

       “It’s meaningless for you to ask that person. People who won’t admit it will still not admit it.”

       Yi Nan held his arms in front of his chest with a complex expression. He seemed angry and unwilling. He snorted, “In fact, it’s actually a completely unnecessary thing isn’t it? They don’t need the extra trouble, who do you think can beat me in this competition?”

       Wen Jianing didn’t want to pay attention to him, but seeing his arrogant attitude, he couldn’t help saying,  “What do you think? Since you think you deserve it, why bother with it?”

       “If you hadn’t relied on Lu Jinlang, could you have make it this far?” Yi Nan was a little frustrated as if Wen Jianing was the most unqualified person to accuse him.

       Wen Jianing felt it was a little funny. He said, “Yes, so we are half a cat.* I don’t look down on you. Why do you have the nerves to look down on me? Your ability to rise back again is also a part of your strength. I respect your strength.”

       After he said that, Wen Jianing stood up and walked outside. Yi Nan was a little annoyed, he stood up and wanted to pull Wen Jianing, but he stopped. After Wen Jianing went out, Yi Nan couldn’t chase him out. He was angry for a while, because he didn’t know what to say to refute him.

       After some discussion, they finally agreed to Wen Jianing’s request.

       So in the next few days, Wen Jianing spent almost every day with the TV station’s music team to discuss things about the song adaptations.

       Since the repertoire had been changed to ‘Glistening’, the program team followed suit and gave Wen Jianing some suggestions. They added a performance during his singing to commemorate the early death of the film emperor.

       Of course, Wen Jianing had no objection, so he arranged two accompanying dancers during his singing. The content of the dance was adapted from the film in which Wen Jianing starred at that time.

       He was so busy for a few days, and Wen Jianing did not have time to meet with Lu Jinlang. Lu Jinlang called him, but he directly refused, saying that he was not available. When he hung up the phone, Wen Jianing chuckled at the slowly dimming phone screen.

       The band guitarist next to him asked, “What are you so happy about?”

       Wen Jianing shook his head and put his mobile phone back into his pocket with a smile.

       The day he saw Lu Jinlang again, it was already the final live broadcast of the “Voice of the Soul” program.

       Two hours before the competition start, Wen Jianing finished the last rehearsal. He just returned to the backstage and saw Lu Yunan at the entrance of the dressing room.

       Lu Yunan said to him, “Mr. Ke, Mr. Lu invites you to his waiting room.”

       Since Lu Yunan came to invite him personally, Wen Jianing had no intention of embarrassing him. He nodded and agreed.

       When Wen Jianing arrived at Lu Jinlang’s waiting room, the makeup artist was applying makeup to Lu Jinlang. He sat on the sofa and didn’t move. but just turned his eyes to look at him and said, “You are busy, huh?”

       It was not complicated to put on makeup for Lu Jinlang. When Wen Jianing came in, the makeup artist was already finishing up. At this time, hearing that they had something to say, the makeup artists packed their things and went out first.

       With only the two of them left, Wen Jianing said, “I’m quite busy.”

       Lu Jinlang leaned on the sofa and said, “You’ve got my mind down pretty well. I can’t help but miss you after a few days of not seeing you,”

       Wen Jianing heard the words and said, “Mr. Lu is not also very good at talking about love, I almost thought you were in love with me.”

       Lu Jinlang smiled and asked him, “How’s the preparation going? Are you confident of winning the championship?”

       Wen Jianing bluntly said, “I have no confidence, the champion is not mine.”

       Lu Jinlang said, “There is still an hour and a half before the start of the competition, it is not yet clear whose the champion is, you can think about it again.”

       Wen Jianing replied, “I’ve considered it very clearly. I don’t need it.”

       Lu Jinlang seemed to feel a little regretful.

       Wen Jianing walked to Lu Jinlang and stood still, and said, “I heard that the ‘October Fireworks’ filming is going to start?”

       Lu Jinlang looked up at him, “Are you concerned about this?”

       “How is it?” Wen Jianing asked him, “Would you like to consider surrendering the male lead role to me?”

       Lu Jinlang smiled, and said to him, “It’s officially started next week, after it just over here.”

       Wen Jianing nodded and said, “That’s really a pity.”

       Lu Jinlang suddenly reached out and took his hand. His thumb gently rubbed his tiger’s mouth** and said, “Nothing to be sorry about, except for the ‘October Fireworks’, you will have many opportunities in the future.”

       Wen Jianing didn’t say anything.

       Lu Jinlang took his hand and shook it, “It may not be possible for you now to shoot except for the third grade movie and underwear commercial.”

       Wen Jianing made an angry expression and walked out without looking back.

       Lu Jinlang looked at his back and smiled.

       Wen Jianing was actually not angry for the joke he made. He only thought that the Film Emperor Lu was idle and bored so he teased him. After he left the waiting room’s door, he couldn’t help cursing him for being bored.

       There were only three contestants left in the final, and the program group had to fill in many other arrangements, such as inviting all the top 20 contestant back to the scene, an ensemble, and an interview with them cheering for the three contestants.

       Wen Jianing and the three of them opened the competition with a duet. After the duet was over, the host came out to announce the official start of the finals.

       In this game, it was not like Lu Jinlang alone could decide Wen Jianing’s ranking. But this might not be the case, perhaps Lu Jinlang has a way, but it must be done secretly. He couldn’t have the final say just by nodding his head.

       Wen Jianing didn’t want to win the championship, but him singing ‘Glistening’ still set off a small climax for the whole game. The lyrics of ‘Glistening’ were as follows: Creating myths under the glittering starlight. I am the Emperor and a superstar.It was as if it was describing the departed Wen Jianing.

       When he went on stage, he wore a white suit very similar to what he had in the movie at the time, and stood with his head down under a dim stage light. At that moment, the audience seemed to have the illusion of real Wen Jianing standing there.

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*Yes, so we are half a cat. means they have the same problem, so Yi Nan shouldn’t criticize him.
**Lu Jinlang is referring Wen Jianing as tiger because of his bold attitude asking for the male lead role from him.  Shoutout to xiaoming for letting me know that tiger’s mouth refers to the part between the thumb and forefinger~~


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Update 01-05-2022
So I debated to change Lei Xing to Li Xing coz it’s more correct that way but I like the previous translation usage of Lei Xing so I keep it that way. But I decided to change the song ‘Shining’ to ‘Glistening’ because it was the correct one and it doesn’t sound that bad either


  1. xiaoming

    Thank you very much for translating this novel!👍
    “Tiger’s mouth” 虎口 is the part of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger, so there’s no reference to fierce character but he’s caressing his hand.
    Blessings to you all!

    • hoenimochi

      I’m not sure about that part, thank you very much!!

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